And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Mark 4:8-9 ESV
Good, healthy soil, is the product of many factors coming together in just the right balance.
This soil isn’t hardened, leaving the sower’s seeds vulnerable on the surface to be devoured by the birds of the air.
This soil isn’t shallow, but has the depth required to weather spells of drought, heat and adversity.
This soil isn’t overrun with thorns and weeds because it is cared for and cultivated.
This is the good stuff, the stuff only a Master Sower could take credit for.
When our hearts are permeated by the truth of God’s word we will yield useful crops, thirty, sixty and a hundredfold! Commonly, a crop that yields ten-to-one is considered good.
What this parable speaks of is a life producing exponentially more than is natural.
Good soil is that which is prepared to receive God’s truth, allowing it to take deep root, and to grow the seed planted therein. Rather than attempting to grow an orange tree with an appleseed, this soil takes what is sown by the Master’s hand, and obediently allows it to come to fruition. Grow the seed God plants in you.
Let the Holy Spirit cultivate healthy soil in your heart through submission to Scripture, prayer, and fellowship with other believers.